The Latest Smart Watch Tech for Your Wrist

Presenting the greatest in high-tech gizmos, gear, and gadgetry.

The un-Apple: a healthier variety?

The Apple Watch may define connected smartwatch capabilities for many, but Android phone users have a svelter, more affordable alternative in the Galaxy Watch Active (also compatible with iOS).

It morphs from simple analog display to full-on fitness coach, with triple the workout routines, plus stress-level management and superior battery life per charge — at half the price of a top-rung Apple.

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Available from Best Buy; $199

 

A low-stress blood-pressure tracker

Monitoring blood pressure for cardio health at home can be stressful, what with the cuff and all. Skip that and opt for Omron’s HeartGuide, the first FDA-cleared BP gauge packed right into a smartwatch.

Raise to heart level, press a button, feel mild inflation on wrist, and in 30 seconds, see vital readings. It tracks steps, calories burned, and sleep patterns; also displays call, text, and email notifications.

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Available from Omronhealthcare.com; $499

 

Designer elegance hits the smartwatch

It was only a matter of time before some designer label would bring a new look to wrist-tech bling. Kate Spade’s Scallop Smartwatch 2 (model 1 sold out instantly) comes in an assortment of case colors and can coordinate its face to any outfit at the touch of a button.

Brainy innards include GPS sensor, heart-rate monitor, and mobile-payment options.

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Available at Amazon; $295

 

The most flexible communicator

Anyone drawn to a category-bending mashup of smartwatch and smartphone, accented by a conversation-starting curvy display, should look no further than the Nubia Alpha. It fulfills anyone’s fitness-monitoring expectations, grabs selfies and videos, and can initiate phone calls via Bluetooth or WiFi with the flick of a wrist.

Its first-of-a-kind, vivid, bendable 4” color screen launches it into Futurama territory.

Available at mall.nubia.com; $449

 

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